Wednesday, August 4, 2010

WXC: A Night of True Champions

WXC: A Night of True Champions
Yack Arena – Wyandotte, MI.

Trombley, Gautner and Woodford impress in Title bout wins

Lee Trombley has overcome a lot of hardship to get to this point in his MMA career. He sacrifices time between a sport he loves, his day job and his loving wife Stephanie. He travels over 60 miles round trip to train with his teammates at 360 MMA in Toledo from his home in Ann Arbor three to four times a week. Lee also recently overcame a broken hand suffered in his last bout against the hard hitting Jon Green. On Saturday July 24th, it all came together for Mr. Trombley as he knocked out Kalamazoo’s Matt Stringham in the first round of their Light-Heavyweight title bout. Trombley dominated the fight with a strong kickboxing attack and finished the fight after a hard right cross put Stringham down for good. In a scene similar to a Rocky film, Mrs. Trombley leaped into her Husband’s arms after his victory and held on to her love as if were the last time they embraced. It was quite a moment to say the least. Trombley and Green are expected to meet again at a future WXC event on August 28th in Monroe.

Taylor’s Will Woodford wasted no time in getting what he wanted to get done. Woodford blitzed Mickey Marshank of Westland with an all out attack in their Lightweight Championship bout. It took Woodford all of 23 seconds to claim his prize as Referee Danny MacIntire stopped the fight via TKO and saved Marshank from any serious damage.

Gary Conradson and Billy Ward both put in a workman like effort in their Welterweight title fight. It was a close fight going into the final frame. The two had gone back and forth dishing out all that they could give. In the end, it was Conradson who gained the most points and took home the 170 lb Championship. Judges Rob Taylor, David Chambers and Phil Sindone scored the bout 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27. Conradson has proven to be a hard fight for anyone who wants to step in the cage against him in this category. His record now stands at 6-1.

The Fight of the Night went to two outstanding competitors in Belleville’s Mike Gautner and Eddie Tamez of Portage. The two fought tooth and nail for almost two rounds. Gautner got the better of the action and was able to secure the TKO victory due to strikes at 2:50 of the second. Referee Jake Short and Master of Ceremonies Pete Trevino both urged the crowd rise to their feet and give the two a much deserved standing ovation. It happened within seconds of the fight being over and rightfully so. Gautner also won the WXC Flyweight title in the process.

The Yack Arena crowd also witnessed the first event dubbed Tap Team MMA in WXC history. In what can only be described as a frantic paced bout that left all 4 fighters and the crowd hanging on to hear the final result. It was a complete success. Team Tubbs (Darryl Childs and Eric Burress) defeated Team Demolition (Tyler Pittock and Ben Mason) after 3 rounds. The first round saw Burress get the better of Pittock, earning Team Tubbs 10 points to 9. The second round was more higher paced as Mason submitted to Childs via guillotine choke giving Team Tubbs two extra points. Tyler Pittock then entered the cage against Childs to finish out the round. The scores stood at 22-18. The third frame started out with a bang as Burress finished Mason with punches and got the TKO stoppage in less than one minute. Enter Tyler Pittock again, the feared striker and Burress battled for position early. After a few exchanges, Pittock put Burress on his back and went for a ground and pound attack. Pittock got the stoppage and earned his team two points but it was too little to late as Childs lasted the rest of the round. The crowd roared at the conclusion of the contest clearly wondering what the final result would be. Team Tubbs of Detroit won the first event of its kind in the WXC by a score of 35 to 29. Individual round scores were 10-9, 12-9 and 13-11. Promoter Jeff Pittock, MC Pete Trevino and Match-Maker Dave Chambers have since gotten many offers from fighters who want to try their hand at Tap Team MMA.

Tray Suthers of Team Tubbs gave notice to the rest of the Lightweight division that he is here to stay. Suthers knocked out Nate Ellison in the second round of a hotly contest affair. Tray was able to use a strong wrestling base and solid submission defense to keep a game Ellison at bay. During a scramble in round two, Suthers connected on a solid overhand right with Ellison in guard position. Suthers could possibly fight Woodford in the future with another win or two.

Jared Pieknic of Westland won Submission of the Night honors for his slick guillotine submission choke victory over Monroe’s Will Jones. Pieknic now has a record of 6-1 and could possibly contest for a 135 lb. title shot with another win.

It was another excellent night of fights that also featured two WMMA bouts. Monroe’s Kathleen Albany defeated Detroit’s Melissa Griffith via TKO. Tashia Moore of Flint defeated Torrie Music of Monroe via rear-naked choke.

The WXC is quickly becoming the premier Amateur MMA event to see in the State of Michigan. Their next event is set for Saturday August 7th at Michigan Elite MMA in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Quick Results

Andrew Evans def. Matt Bomia via submission (arm triangle) – RD 1, 2:18
Shawn Dunn def. Rob Ray via TKO (strikes) – RD 1, 0:21
Bill Peltier def. Mike Synder via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 1, 1:06
Pat McGauley def. Mike Raines via submission (guillotine choke) – RD 1, 1:19
Eric Salazar def. Don Trout via submission (guillotine choke) – RD 1, 1:10
Doug Rehan def. Brett Coleman via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 2, 1:32
Kathleen Albany def. Melissa Griffith via TKO (strikes) – RD 1, 0:27
LaBron Oldham def. Brandon Labign via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 1, 0:27
Bobby Tucker def. Antoine Blass via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 3, 0:23
Mike Flores def. Calvin Porter via unanimous decision after 3 rounds
Doug Babler def. Justin Walls via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 2, 0:45
Tray Suthers def. Nate Ellsion via knockout (punch) – RD 2, 1:55
Jared Pieknic def. Will Jones via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 1, 1:19
Special Feature Tag Team MMA match – Team Tubbs def. Team Demolition via points, 35 to 29 (RD 1 10-9, RD 2 12-9 and RD 3 13-11)
Tashia Moore def. Torrie Music via submission (rear-naked choke) – RD 2, 2:20
Joe Caudill def. Darnell Rowebee via unanimous decision after 3 rounds
Will Woodford def. Mickey Marshank via TKO (punches) – RD 1, 0:23 (wins WXC Lightweight title)
Mike Gautner def. Eddie Tamez via TKO (punches) – RD 2, 2:50 (wins WXC Flyweight title)
Gary Conradson def. Billy Ward via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 29-28), wins WXC Welterweight title
Lee Trombley def. Matt Stringham via knockout (punch) – RD 1, 2:17 (wins WXC Light-Heavyweight title)

Fight Night Awards

Submission of the Night = Jared Pieknic

Knockout of the Night #1 = Tray Suthers

Knockout of the Night #2 = Lee Trombley

Fight of the Night = Mike Guatner vs. Eddie Tamez

Written by David Doig…feel free to contact David at


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